COVID-19: Closures - Cancellations - Postponements - Extensions

COVID-19 Closures, Cancellations, Postponements and Extensions in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska

COVID-19 Closures, Cancellations, Postponements and Extensions in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska

GNAC fall season suspension affects 5 UAF sports - July 18, 2020: Today, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference CEO Board announced that it would suspend all intercollegiate athletic competitions through Nov. 30. The decision affects five sports at the University of Alaska Fairbanks: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country running, and volleyball.

“This prudent decision prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of our Alaska Nanooks student-athletes and staff, and was not made lightly,” said Keith Champagne, vice chancellor for student affairs and athletics, in a message to Alaska Nanooks staff, student-athletes and supporters. “I also want to make it clear that this is a suspension of fall competition, not a cancellation. The possibility of shifting fall season competition to the spring is still on the table.”

The GNAC will make a decision by Oct. 15 regarding the status of competition after Nov. 30.

Alaska Nanooks student-athletes will retain their scholarships and will begin classes in the fall. Information about training camps will be available once more guidance from the GNAC on each sport’s schedule is available. Currently, the plan is that season tickets and sponsorships for the suspended sports would shift to the new spring schedule.

“We will take the upcoming weeks to evaluate and adjust our fall schedules for the five affected sports while continuing to keep our student-athletes, their families, coaches and supporters as up to date as possible on any new information,” Champagne said.

For more information about the GNAC decision, visit http://www.gnacsports.com/gnac/news/2020-21/13959/gnac-ceo-board-suspends-fall-athletic-competition/

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FNSB’s Central Recycling Facility is Closed Until Further Notice: July 17, 2020

(Fairbanks, AK) – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Central Recycling Facility located on 1855 Marika Road is closed until further notice. The facility closed unexpectedly due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 test of a contract worker.

Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) cleaning and quarantine guidelines, the Central Recycling Facility is not expected to re-open sooner than July 25th. Public Health will interview the affected individual and if they identify a close contact that person will be notified.

As a reminder, according to the CDC, “close contact to a confirmed case” is defined as someone who has been within six feet for fifteen minutes or longer.

FNSB strongly encourages all members of our community to take personal responsibility for their well being by wearing a cloth face covering or mask every time they are out in the public, maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more when in a public space such as the grocery store, practice diligent hand and face hygiene, and to extremely limit your exposure to large groups of people outside of your “bubble”.

The following resources are available for additional information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

State of Alaska – Department of Health and Social Services: https://covid19.alaska.gov/

Foundation Health Partners: https://www.foundationhealth.org/fhp_home/covid_19~2

Fairbanks Public Health Center: 452-1776

City of Fairbanks: https://www.fairbanksalaska.us/mayor/page/cares-act-relief-funds

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District: https://www.k12northstar.org/

Borough employees and the public will be kept informed on this matter as the circumstances change.

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Fairbanks City Hall – Public Access Change Effective 7/20/20. Due to the recent increase of COVID19 cases in the Fairbanks area, City Hall will be open to the public on an appointment-only basis beginning Monday, July 20. Masks have been required for employees and visitors of City Hall, and this requirement will stand until further notice.

City employees will continue to be available to assist residents via phone and email Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM. The City will continue to make sure that employees are practicing social-distancing.

Residents are encouraged to use online and over-the-phone options for garbage and citation payments. The Building Department will be operating by appointment-only with regards to issuance of permits and conducting inspections.

To make an appointment with or reach the following departments, please use the phone numbers provided below:

• Clerk’s Office – 459-6702

• Building Department – 459-6720

• Legal Department – 459-6750

• Homeless Housing Coordinator – 459-6794

A department directory can also be found at https://www.fairbanksalaska.us/directory.

We do not expect any disruption to department services with this change. Mayor Matherly encourages residents and businesses to continue to take precautions to stay healthy and to use masks while in public or around those not in your household. We will continue to post any updates on our City of Fairbanks webpage (www.fairbanksalaska.us) and on the City of Fairbanks Facebook page.

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Fairbanks North Star Borough Closures

Fairbanks North Star Borough Closure - Juanita Helms Administration Center (JHAC) Fairbanks Updated July 13. Borough Mayor issues statement on updated Borough Operations as 5th Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19. Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward has announced that a 5th borough employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This weekend, the Juanita Helms Administration Center (JHAC) located at 907 Terminal Street, is currently undergoing a complete deep cleaning/sanitization by the contract cleaning company. They will follow the guidelines as outlined according to federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the cleaning of commercial buildings.

Mayor Ward said, “We are sad to learn that another borough employee has tested positive for COVID-19. We are keeping all staff informed of the updates and are working with directors on ensuring that the health and well being of our employees are being addressed. Borough business plans for public meetings, daily health checks and the requirement for all employees to wear a cloth face covering or mask upon entering the building and when in their work areas, are all components of our plan-prepare-respond mitigation process.” All public meetings scheduled for the week of July 13th will be conducted via Zoom or by Teleconference.This includes:

• Tuesday, July 14th: Planning Commission at 6:00 P.M.

• Wednesday, July 15th: Early Childhood Development Commission at 12:00 P.M.

• Wednesday, July 15th: Platting Board at 6:00 P.M.

• Thursday, July 16th: Administrative Hearing at 10:30 A.M.

• Thursday, July 16th: Finance Committee Meeting at 5:30 P.M., followed immediately by the Committee of the Whole and then the Reconvened June 18th, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Check the Borough online calendar for updated information on the public meetings and how to stay connected to the Assembly: http://www.fnsb.us/Pages/Calendar.aspx and http://www.fnsb.us/assembly/Pages/connected.aspx.

JHAC will be open for business on Monday, July 13th with business being conducted by appointment only. All other borough departments are operational with interaction by appointment only. Please call the department directly for questions or further instructions. Department contact information can be found here: http://www.fnsb.us/Pages/Contacts.aspx

If you have questions or concerns regarding property tax payments, residents are encouraged to refer to the information that was included on a yellow card in their tax assessment notice. This information can also be found online at: http://www.fnsb.us/fs/Pages/Pay-Taxes-Online.aspx.

FNSB is working diligently to keep operations going and we appreciate the public’s patience as we work to keep our employees and the public safe. In addition, FNSB communicates daily with the public health nursing team who are working 7 days a week on carrying out the contact tracing research. If a person has been identified as having been in close contact with a borough employee, (being within 6 feet of one another AND for 10 minutes or longer) you will be contacted by a member of the public health nursing team.

FNSB has recently received the federal CARES Act funding. Information on the three grant programs can be found here: https://cares-fnsb.hub.arcgis.com/. FNSB strongly encourages all members of our community to take personal responsibility for their well being by wearing a cloth face covering or mask every time they are out in the public, maintain physical distance of 6 feet or more when in a public space such as the grocery store, practice diligent hand and face hygiene, and to extremely limit your exposure to large groups of people outside of your “bubble”.

The following resources are available for additional information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

State of Alaska – Department of Health and Social Services: https://covid19.alaska.gov/

Foundation Health Partners: https://www.foundationhealth.org/fhp_home/covid_19~2

Fairbanks Public Health Center: 452-1776

City of Fairbanks: https://www.fairbanksalaska.us/mayor/page/cares-act-relief-funds

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District: https://www.k12northstar.org/

Borough employees and the public will be kept informed on this matter as the circumstances change.

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July 9, 2020 - Juanita Helms Administration Center (JHAC) (Fairbanks, AK) – Earlier today, it was announced that a borough employee had tested positive for COVID-19. This afternoon the administration was notified that a second employee in a different duty section had also tested positive for COVID-19.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward has ordered the immediate closure of the Juanita Helms Administration Center (JHAC) located at 907 Terminal Street, until Monday, July 13th, 2020. The building is now closed to the public and to all employees. The reason for the closure is to ensure the health and safety of all employees and the public following this afternoons announcement that a second employee had tested positive within the past 24 hours.

Mayor Ward said, “With the goal of minimizing in-person interaction in enclosed spaces, it was necessary to close JHAC. The closure is to ensure that the building would be completely empty so that the cleaning contractor would be able to carry out a full sanitizing of the entire building. That type of deep cleaning needs to be done in a thorough manner with as few extra individuals in and around the building.”

In a Wednesday evening, July 8th communication that was sent out to all borough employees, Mayor Ward stated that borough administration was notified that an employee had tested positive. As a result, these preventative action steps were immediately implemented:

1. The entire JHAC will undergo a deep cleaning/sanitization of all workspaces and all common areas.

2. The deep cleaning will begin on Friday evening, which will allow for a 24-hour wait period from the time of the building closure as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The borough’s cleaning contractor will follow the CDC guidelines for commercial/facility cleaning. Those guidelines can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

Borough residents and employees are reminded to abide by the current health guidelines as outlined by the CDC to protect their health and the health of those around them. Additional information on COVID-19 can also be found on the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website: https://covid19.alaska.gov/.

The closure of JHAC is an inconvenience however it is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns regarding property tax payments, residents are encouraged to refer to the information that was included on a yellow card in their tax assessment notice. This information can also be found online at: http://www.fnsb.us/fs/Pages/Pay-Taxes-Online.aspx.

The Borough Assembly will resume meetings next week. The meeting schedule can be found here: http://www.fnsb.us/assembly/Pages/default.aspx.

The Administration is working with State of Alaska’s Public Health Nursing regarding contact tracing efforts. All residents are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering or mask when in public, practice diligent hand and face hygiene, maintain 6 feet of social distancing and to limit their exposure to large crowds for extended periods of time.

Borough employees and the public will be kept informed on this matter as the circumstances change.

Contact: Lanien Livingston, Public Information Officer at lanien.livingston@fnsb.us

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Fairbanks North Star Borough’s MACS Transit bus system will resume its normal schedule on July 6, 2020. “Resuming public transportation is a critical component of bringing our community back to a sense of normalcy. All eight of MACS routes will resume regular scheduled service,” said Michelle Denton, FNSB Transportation Director.

The restart plans for MACS Transit bus service include having a limited capacity of eight passengers on the bus at a time in order to comply with physical distancing, all patrons must board from the rear and must board wearing a mask or nose and mouth covering. Increased cleaning of the buses will take place throughout the day along the designated route. Due to the various road construction projects taking place in the borough, the bus routes occasionally may be detoured or delayed arriving or departing. In addition, the bus drivers will also wear a mask and gloves.

The Max C. Lyon Jr. Transit Center will continue to remain closed to the public at this time.

MACS Van Tran service will make similar adjustments including the return to service being provided for qualified riders. Van Tran will no longer provide service to the general public. Van Tran is for those riders who meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

These changes to the MACS Transit and Van Tran service are being implemented to fight community spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions regarding the MACS Transit bus service or Van Tran service, please call 459-1011 or visit: http://www.fnsb.us/transportation/Pages/MACS.aspx.

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FNSB Transportation Announces Restart of Scheduled VAN TRAN Service - Updated March 25, 2020 The Fairbanks North Star Borough Transportation Department will resume scheduled Van Tran Service, beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020. Borough Transit will provide a modified demand response service to the Fairbanks community. This service will be for medical and grocery trips only and will be available to all members of the public within Van Tran’s normal boundary service area. This service will be provided on a “first come, first serve” basis with preference given to currently eligible Van Tran patrons. The operation hours for this modified demand response service will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Please call a minimum of one day in advance to schedule your ride. If you have questions or would like to schedule a ride, confirm location pick up or check on same day ride availability, please call Van Tran Customer Service at 907- 459 -1010. Pick up locations must be within normal Van Tran boundaries which are within ¾ mile of a regular MACS Transit stop. Contact: Lanien Livingston,Borough PIO at 907-459-1304 or email: Lanien.livingston@fnsb.us

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Reopen Alaska Responsibly: Alaska's Plan Moving Forward: Phases 3 and 4 - Starting Friday, May 22, 2020

Phase 3 & 4 : Effective Friday May 22, 2020 - Alaska is Open for Business:

  • All businesses can open
  • All houses of worship can open
  • Libraries and museums can open
  • All recreational activities can open
  • All sports activities can open

It’s the responsibility of individuals, businesses, and organizations to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We encourage all to follow local, state, national, and industry guidelines on ways to conduct business and activities safely.

Exceptions/restrictions/closures:

  • 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel to Alaska remains in place. This will be reevaluated by June 2, 2020, but will be reviewed weekly.
  • All senior centers, prisons, and institutions will continue to have restricted access.
  • Any proposed large public gatherings such as festivals and concerts need to consult first with public health before scheduling.
  • The State will continue to work with large industries to protect their workforce and the communities in which they operate.
  • Communities may still elect to keep in place travel restrictions. Some Alaskan communities may wish to extend restrictions on non-essential travel into their communities for health reasons. Check with your local community.
  • Health Mandates 15 (Elective Medical/Dental), 17 (Commercial Fishing), and 18 (Intrastate Travel) remain in effect.

It’s because of you, Alaska, that our statewide numbers remain low. We will keep our numbers low because of your actions. Remember to:

  • Stay six feet or more away from non-family members
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down surfaces frequently
  • Wear a face covering when in a public setting in close contact with others
  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms
  • Be mindful and respectful to those Alaskans that are most vulnerable to this virus. Those being our seniors and those with existing health issues

Business & Entity Guides : Best practice Information for businesses to reopen Alaska responsibly. Included are additional resources from the State of Alaska with more detailed guidance.

Information provided by the State of Alaska. For more information on Health Mandates and the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/

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Cancellations, Postponements & Extensions:

Alaska 2020 Tourism: Updated April 15, 2020

Holland America Cruise Line has cancelled all Alaska cruises for this summer on the Maasdam, Noordam,Oosterdam, Volendam and Westerdam ships. All Princess Alaska Gulf voyages and cruise tours are cancelled for 2020 with the exception of the Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess round-trip Seattle to Alaska sailings.

Holland America Princess resorts will not open it's 5 wilderness lodges in Alaska, to include the 2 Princess Resorts in Denali and the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, for the 2020 summer season and has cancelled all rail and bus tours. Additionally, Denali National Park and road into the park will be closed.

Both Holland America and Princess Cruises are offering 2 main cancellation options.For more information about cancellations and refunds contact your cruise line or visit princess.com

Alaska Permanent Fund Filing Deadline extended to April 30, 2020

IRS HAS EXTENDED Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

Real ID deadline to be extended to October 1, 2021

Solstice Street Fair in Fairbanks is cancelled for 2020

38th Annual Midnight Sun 10K Run is happening as a virtual event. Participants will have a set period of time – Friday, June 19th through Monday, June 22nd– to complete 10K (6.2 miles). They will upload their results to a link sent to them by the race platform. KEEP UP WITH RACE DETAILS ON FACEBOOK! Be sure to “like” the Midnight Sun Run page: https://www.facebook.com/midnightsunrun/ This is official Facebook site. FYI - ( there is another facebook site midnightsunrun2020 that is unofficial and has inaccurate information)

Alaska State Fair in Palmer is cancelled for 2020

Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks is cancelled for 2020

Flyaway Fridays at Gallo’s Restaurant is postponed. Stay tuned to 102.5 KIAK-FM for the return of Flyaway Fridays at Gallo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Fairbanks Light Opera 50 Year Gala- Postponed to later date

Bowl for Kids Sake is postponed indefinitely

IAB Home Show at the Carlson Center postponed indefinitely

Senior Recognition Day scheduled for May 7 is postponed to later date - to be determined. (FNSB Parks & Recreation)

Family Friendly Workplace Awards is cancelled. Unfortunately, this event will not be rescheduled for a later date in 2020 but will be scheduled for 2021. (FNSB Parks & Recreation) Questions about the FFWA event, please call Eric Holland, Administrator, FNSB Health and Social Services Commission and Early Childhood Development Commission at 459-1287.

Mush For Kids cancelled

2020 Arctic Winter Games March 15 – 17 cancelled

47th Annual Festival of Native Arts March 19 – 21 cancelled

Ice Dog Hockey – games cancelled for the rest of the season

Regal Cinemas – announced closure of all theater locations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

For-Get-Me-Not Books closed indefinitely

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